We need more non-Tech Volunteers and Tech Mentors

Get involved

CoderDojo is a fantastic initiative, totally altruistic, rewarding and now a global mobilisation of voluntary effort that all started in Ireland.  

We need volunteers to help develop and deliver good technical material in the Dojo (Tech Mentors) and we also need non-Tech Volunteers to help manage and operate the Dojo in a professional and high quality manner.  More info on each role below - email bray@coderdojo.com if you are able to volunteer with us.  

Parents - the ONLY way to ensure you always get a ticket for your child is to volunteer.

 

Some imporant fine print for all Volunteers
  • We will need you to complete Garda vetting and become familiar with our child protection approach. 

  • And to sign up for our mentors' website, to avoid email overload. 

Are you a potential non-Tech Volunteer?

 
CoderDojo is completely free to all.  To deliver this program in a professional manner requires a large amount of work, both technical and non-technical.  
 
We keep a list of vacancies for what amount to Management and Communications roles that are just as important as the tech side.  If you have organizational, management, communications or other non-tech skills and are also able to use a computer fairly well, we need to hear from you at bray@coderdojo.com.  If you are a parent of a child attending the Dojo, you will most likely be on site anyway from 2.30 to 4.30, so please offer to help out.
 

Are you a potential Tech Mentor?

 
Being a CoderDojo Tech Mentor is fun, rewarding but not a cakewalk.  Here are some guidelines to help see if you could be a Tech Mentor, plus some more details of what's involved.
  1. Take a look at this 90 second video: do you recognise yourself in any part of it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HntLmTymmyc
  2. Can you make it to the Dojo on Saturday afternoons during school time for at least 3 weeks out of 6?  If you are the parent of a child in the Dojo, the answer is obviously 'Yes'.  The ONLY way to ensure you always get a ticket for your child is to volunteer.
  3. In addition to about 3 hours per week at the Dojo, are you willing to do some prep work for each session, to make sure you are familiar with the tools and can provide assistance to kids?
  4. Are you either a) capable or b) a good bluffer in any of the following technologies? HTML, Scratch, Python, App Inventor, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Linux/MacOS/Windows?
If you answered Yes to most of the questions above, you probably have enough technical background to start as a mentor. So mail us at bray@coderdojo.com and we'll take the next steps.  Welcome on board!
 
Some imporant fine print for Tech Mentors:
  • For each session we need you there at 2PM (to set up for 2.30) until latest 5PM.  You will be responsible for helping a small group of kids.  Soon, they will help themselves and each other but you have to get them started. 

  • Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present at the Dojo, whom you can consult and involve as required. 

  • Health and Safety are important; what to do in case of fire, evacuation, minor accident: ask an experienced mentor if you are unsure. 

  • Although publishing their Dojo work to the web is a goal of their learning, discourage kids from publishing information of a personal nature on the web as part of their Dojo projects, such as their name, address, contact details. 

  • Do not initiate contact with Dojo kids outside the Dojo, or collect or use kids email addresses or other contact details in any way.

  • Do not mentor at a table where your own children are taking part; this has the potential to disrupt mentoring for the whole table. 

  • At the end of the session, stick around for a few minutes to tidy the place up and pack away the tables and all our stuff. Ask another mentor if you are not sure how to help.

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Sponsors

CoderDojo Bray is free of charge because of the time and effort donated free by all of our volunteers and mentors, financial donations from our supporters and provision of a venue by Presentation College Bray. CoderDojo Bray would not happen without this generous continued support.
 
If you would like to make a donation, provide equipment, or help out in any way, please contact us at bray@coderdojo.com. Any funds or equipment donated will be used solely to support the running of CoderDojo Bray.